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Tour de France 2017

Tour de France 2017 Tour de France 2017
Pammachio Corsino | 23 Luglio, 2017, 22:39

Chris Froome will likely target a Tour de France-Vuelta double. "I won't take any big risks like in Duesseldorf, but when I can push, I will push".

In case of victory, Froome will be signing his fourth success from 2013 and closer to the record of five victories held by four riders (Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Indurain).

Froome then received a morale boost as he bore down on French challenger Romain Bardet who struggled badly in the time trial's second half.

Britain's Froome now looks nearly certain to stand on the Paris podium in the yellow jersey for the third year in a row after suffering no mishaps on a hot and sweaty 222km ride out of the Alps into Provence.

Astana's Dimitriy Gruzdev and Quick-Step Floors Zdenek Stybar also launched fruitless late lunges before the real battle began.

In theory, it should be a good day for the sprinters with a flat finish, but the lumpy terrain throughout most of the stage could encourage some dare-devils to go on a breakaway, with this the last chance for one to succeed all the way to the finish.

Boasson Hagen won a stage at the Tour for the third time overall but it was his win since 2011.

The Tour ends Sunday with a 103km ride from Montegron to the traditional finish in Paris on the Champs-Elysees.

Team Dimension Data's Boasson Hagen was denied by just six millimetres - or 0.0003 seconds - when Marcel Kittel won stage seven to Nuits-Saint-Georges in the first week of the Tour.

"Obviously it was so close coming into this time trial".


Though Froome has seen his advantage cut slightly, the main goal was to retain yellow on the final summit finish of this year's Tour.

On retaining the yellow jersey on Saturday, he said: It's an awesome feeling to finish that off now.

By beating Froome in a final sprint to finish third at the top of the Izoard, placing behind Barguil and Atapuma, Bardet clawed back four valuable bonus seconds.

Chris Froome all but clinched his fourth Tour de France title after finishing third on the penultimate stage of the race, an individual time trial in Marseille. He said he woke up feeling poorly last Saturday, "and I paid for it, in cash".

After riding hard into the climb, I was in no fit state to follow them and had to sit and watch as the Sky guys let the wheels go and they went across.

"I didn't think it would come down to this TT in Marseille", Froome said.

"I'm happy that I went through the Alps without any major problem", the 32-year-old Froome said.

There more British success in the shape of Simon Yates, who cemented his lead in the white jersey competition for the best young rider.

"Bardet should work on his time trial", he added, being more specific when he said that the Frenchman had a bad position on his bike.

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